Sunday, September 17, 2006


Punching up the Superman Franchise

Superman vs Batman may not have materialized, but what was evident from Superman Returns, the most recent installment in the Superman franchise, is that Superman has a boring storyline. And moreover, he has boring villains. Enough with Lex Luthor already! While Superman vs Batman may never come to the screen, I would like to suggest three other possible team-ups that could ad spice to the Superman film series. Each of these ideas already played out in comic books years ago, with great success.
Superman vs The Amazing Spiderman: This one is a no-brainer. For comic book fans in the 70s (like me) this was the holy grail of comics, the first time a character from Marvel ever met a character from DC Comics. Perhaps the greatest of all the comic book team-ups, this one would be a huge success on screen, but the red tape involved in making it happen would probably prevent it from ever seeing the light of day.
Superman vs Muhammad Ali: The world's greatest superhero vs the greatest of all time? It was a natural at the time, when Ali was known as the "black" Superman. Perhaps Will Smith can return as Ali to do this one!
Superman vs Shazam!: The Man of Steel vs The World's Mightiest Mortal. Sounds like a match Don King would drool over. True, Captain Marvel does have the cache he once did, but if done right, this could wake up a sleepy series. And both characters are from DC! That should ease things a bit.

How about a Comic book hero against Modern menace:

Superman vs. Bin Laden?
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